Directorate of Consumer Protection
The Consumer Protection Department (CPD) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) was launched in March 2001, to ensure that all aviation consumers obtain the best services in air transportation.Read More
Civil aviation is a critical element in Nigeria's transportation system and indeed its economy. Nigeria has twenty (20) airports and many regulated airstrips and heliports; 23 active domestic airlines; 554 licensed pilots; 913 licensed engineers and 1700 cabin personnel. Nigeria being Africa's most populous country is an important destination for over 22 foreign carriers. Nigeria currently has Bilateral Air Services Agreements with over 78 countries. From Nigeria, air travelers can fly directly to many of the world's business centers such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, New York, Johannesburg, Atlanta, Amsterdam, Dubai and Jeddah to mention a few. With the attainment of America's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category One Certification, Nigerian registered carriers can now fly directly into the United States of America (USA)
Civil aviation is one of the most regulated industries in the world. Every single technical personnel, equipment and airport must be certified and monitored by competent regulatory agencies known as Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs). Even the CAAs themselves are in turn assessed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other international bodies. The operating principles, guidelines and standards applied in civil aviation are based on the Standards And Recommended Practices (SARP) of ICAO and stipulated National laws and regulations.In Nigeria, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is the apex regulatory body, overseeing the activities of all airlines and their pilots, engineers and cabin staff, airports, airstrips and heliports, navigation aids, all service providers including the airport authority and the air traffic service provider, aviation training institutions, etc. NCAA watches over the entire industry.
Abuja, 23 August 2010 Nigeria has achieved a Category 1 air safety rating from the U.S. Government under the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. This means that Nigeria complies with international air safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations' technical agency for aviation that establishes international standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and maintenance.The Ambassador said, "This achievement is an important milestone for Nigeria and U.S.-Nigeria bilateral relations. It is only fitting that this coveted Category 1 rating comes at the dawn of the nation's year of Golden Jubilee. The U.s. Mission, NCAA, and FAA have worked together as a team in the true spirit of bilateral partnership over the last two years to achieve this goal. Hats off to everyone for a job well-done and a rating well-deserved."
The problem of aging workforce in the aviation industry and the need for manpower development has been a recurrent national discuss.Therefore, the need to champion new strategies for moving the aviation industry forward has become imperative.The issue has been whether there are enough Pilots and Aircraft Engineers that can replace the aging ones. Opinion moulders; critics and analysts of the aviation industry continue to mount pressure on the NCAA while trying to find out what the Authority is doing about it. The question is who bells the cat in this regard? Is it the airlines, the regulatory agency, state governments, parents or other relevant stakeholders and institutions? Som...read more
It is important to note that a successful safety oversight by Nigeria as an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) contracting state depends upon the capabilities of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to implement the Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and the Critical Elements (CE) of a State’s safety oversight system, including the CE-8 (Resolution of Safety Concerns). The Flight Standards Group (FSG) of the NCAA is responsible for conducting the required investigations and assessments preliminary to the issuance of certificates and their associated operations specifications to certificated entities and the licensing of personnel, and for exercisin...read more